Russian professional ice hockey player who is known for his work as a left winger for the Ak Bars Kazan club of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is also known for his work with Russia's national ice hockey team as well.
He first began playing on Russia's second team in 1996. He moved up to compete in the World Hockey League in 1998 and then to the Russian Superleague in 1999. He earned his first World Championship gold medal in 2008 after competing with Russia at the World Championships in Canada.
He competed with Russia's national team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2009, he was awarded the Golden Stick MVP award and the Iron Man Award for his work with Russia's national team as well.
He was born and raised in Chelyabinsk, Russia. He married his wife Tatiana in 2000 and together they have a son named Arthur.
He competed alongside Anton Volchenkov as part of Russia's national team during the 2010 Winter Olympics.